T3: Library Mobile Apps


As announced in yesterday’s Royal Purple, UW-Whitewater will have access to a WINS app starting Monday, 2 November. You can get instructions on how to download and use it from the Registrar’s website. There are many apps to help you take advantage of Library resources on your mobile devices as well.

If you ever use any any EBSCOhost databases, like Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, or Communication & Mass Media Complete, you can download an app for iOS or Android devices that makes access to these from on or off campus a snap. While your mobile device will automatically take you to the mobile site when you click on an EBSCOhost database from the Library’s webpages, the iOS or Android apps will allow you to remain authenticated with your UW-W Net ID and password for 9 months. No more typing in your credentials on a tiny screen each time!

Get started:

  • Access any EBSCOhost database from the Library’s website (such as Academic Search Complete) on any computer or device. Make sure you are on campus or have logged in to access the Library’s resources if you are off campus.
  • Make sure you are on the full website, NOT the mobile site of the database.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the landing page of the database and click on iPhone and Android apps.
  • Fill in your UW-W email address and click Send.
  • On your mobile device, check your email and open the email from ephost@epnet.com.
  • Select either the iTunes Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices) to download the app.
  • Once the app has downloaded, return to your email and click on the Authentication Key link.
  • Your authentication through UW-Whitewater will last for 9 months.

Once inside the app:

  • Click on Settings to choose which database(s) to search.
  • You can also check off Peer Reviewed at the bottom of the Settings menu.
  • Click Search to start searching.
  • Once you have a list of results, click on Refine at the upper left to narrow your search results.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and the truncation symbol (*) all work in the app.
  • You can read PDFs from within the EBSCOhost app or you can email the citation (and PDFs) to yourself.

About Diana

Diana is the Reference & Instructional Technology Librarian at UW-Whitewater. She can introduce you to a variety of technology to help improve your teaching, learning, research, and professional development. Ask her about Zotero, tea, or technology. She is the liaison librarian to the departments of Psychology and Social Work.
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